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It's great that you're curious. A simplified explanation follows with a few links to delve into: All of the programs running in parallel is actually an illusion that is created by the OS. Even if we have a uniprocessor system, the OS can still achieve the same thing. For multiple programs running on the system, OS creates separate processes. Separate ...


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A competing architecture needs to tick these boxes reasonably well: Doing stuff we want Nobody will use it unless nearly all features available in popular high-level languages are supported reasonably efficiently. You can check out this paper with a provocative title: The von Neumann Architecture Is Due for Retirement. It outlines a lot of the challenges ...


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